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198 people gathered in the Long Room for a most enjoyable and successful evening, both socially and as a fund-raiser for The Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust.  A delicious meal followed Lord Naseby's Grace and Stephen Lawrence, acting as Master of Ceremonies, introduced a fun True/False Quiz relating to sporting events Martin had attended and the cricket 'greats' in attendance.  Allan Lamb's cricket-related anecdotes were hugely entertaining and much enjoyed by everyone - whether they were cricket-afficionados or not!   Neil Durden-Smith acted as Auctioneer and thanks to the generosity of those who donated Auction prizes and those who bid for them, a brilliant £18,500  was raised for projects supported by the Trust, especially The Fred Trueman State-School Cricket League.  A big 'thank you' to Allan, Michael & Neil for their contributions to the evening; to Stephen for his hard work liaising with MCC organising the event; to Heyland & Whittle for table gifts & True/False Prize Hamper; to those who donated and bid for Auction items and to everyone who came and made this such a special evening.

PS: Sadly we failed to organise a photographer, so if anyone has photos from the evening please forward them to tricia@themartinlawrencememorialtrust.org so we can include them on our website.


Tricia spent 16 days in Ethiopia with Ian & Susanna Aldred & Helen Lawson to fulfil Martin's wish for this to be his final resting place.  Susannah, Stephen, Piers, Jessamy, Rosie & Sophie joined them for 8 days, first meeting up in spectacular Lalibela and then visiting Send a Cow Self-Help Groups supported by the Trust.  There is now a Martin Lawrence Memorial Corner at Send a Cow's Field Office in Gunano  (photo of family sitting under sign) where staff & visitors can meet, eat and relax, and Martin's ashes were scattered in the hills near Lalibela and in the SaC Demonstration Garden.  They also visited one of 6 School Clubs set up in Government Schools extending Send a Cow's training which will greatly help 'to give young people in Africa a better chance in life through learning...'  (photo of Jessamy/Tricia with schoolchildren) click here to see other photos from the trip

Jessamy's words of thanks sum up the experience - 'The more I think about our trip to Ethiopia, the more incredible I realise it was.  Thank you so much for the most amazing visit to a place that is so special to you and Grandpa.  I cannot think of a more beautiful place to have said 'goodbye' to him.  Meeting the farmers who have so clearly benefitted infinitely from Send a Cow's help was a very humbling experience and to see the pride they take in everything they do.  Definitely a lesson we have all brought home....'

Tricia will be returning to Ethiopia next year (probably in early November) to visit some more Groups MLMT is supporting - and return to Lalibela & explore new areas in the spectacular North.  Do consider joining her!
(MLMT Trustees have forwarded a further £20,000 to Send a Cow to take advantage of UK Government matched funding for all donations from October 1 until December 31)

'BE AN OSPREY EXPERT' work book for youngsters (funded by MLMT) was launched at the Birdfair at Rutland Water on August 23 and Tricia & James were there!


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Please note MLMT address is now 6 Cliff Road, Sherston, Wilts, SN16 OLN

Once again, thank you all so much for your support for The Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust.  We have had an amazing first year!


July 14 - Stephen & Tricia will be at Lord's for first day of Test Match v Pakistan and look forward to meeting up with friends on the Coronation Lawn at lunchtime
Sept 14 - Our 2nd Red Trouser Golf Day will take place at Luffenham Heath Golf Club in Rutland

Tricia Lawrence